Event hopes to raise awareness of fair trade products

ROCHESTER, Minn. – If you’re going to do some holiday shopping, why not support a great cause at the same time? That’s exactly what folks in Rochester did Thursday night during Mission 21’s Fair Trade Fundraiser.

The Rochester-based anti-trafficking service provider partnered with local businesses to raise funds and awareness of fair trade purchases.

“Fair trade products are products that are made with ethical practices and they also offer the people that are making them, the artisans that are making these products a fair wage,” explains the Founder of Mission 21, Stephanie Holt. She adds in many cases, those international artisans are escaping a life of human trafficking and need a way to support themselves and their families.

The Fair Trade Fundraiser was held at Re-Fashion/Soul Purpose and featured fair trade goods like jewelry, clothing, and home goods. Besides Soul Purpose, local fair trade vendors Eth’tique, Noonday Collection – Jennifer Jensen Independent Ambassador.

A portion of the proceeds from the sales will be donated to Mission 21. Holt says their goal is to sign 20 new people up for monthly giving, and if they can reach that goal, each of the vendors will donate a Christmas gift to the girls in the Mission 21 program.





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